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What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Developed in the early 1900s in America, cranial osteopathy is a specialised form of diagnosis and treatment using very gentle yet powerful techniques working on stress and tension held deep within the body.

The cranial osteopath uses a highly refined sense of touch to identify areas of stress, torsion and restriction within the tissues and gentle pressure to correct these disturbances.

Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all tissues of the body.


Like adults, children of all ages can benefit greatly from osteopathic treatment. Parents can contact us directly should they have any concerns, but we also receive referrals from other practitioners involved in the care of children such as GP’s, midwives, health visitors and speech and language therapists.

Gemma has received specialist training, meaning she can safely and effectively examine, diagnose and treat children.

Gemma has spent three years working at the Osteopathic Centre of Children and has experience treating infants in Neonative Intensive or Special Care units and in paediatric wards.

She continues to update her knowledge of paediatric osteopathy with her continual professional development and is an alumni member for the Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s specific case, please telephone or email the practice to speak to Gemma.


As pregnancy progresses, hormonal changes in ligaments alongside mechanical postural changes to the body may cause either previous issues to reoccur or even contribute towards new problems. Osteopathy can be an effective way to help relieve these symptoms and make you more comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

There are many common symptoms that as osteopaths we see occurring in pregnant women; back pain, pelvic girdle pain and rib pain. Treatment will take into account your progressing pregnancy and is safe through all stages of pregnancy.

Delivery can place demands on your lower back and pelvis, especially after a long labour or if assistance such as forceps or ventouse is used.  For some women, this can be even six months after delivery. Then, as your child grows, feeding posture and lifting your child can lead aches and pains in your back, neck and wrists.

Your osteopath can give you help to relieve these symptoms whilst also giving you advice on posture, lifting and returning to exercise, ensuring that you can focus all your attention on your new little one!

Click to contact The Totalcare Clinic Cranial Osteopathy Fees£50 Initial Consultation - (60 minute treatment)
£40 Follow up Treatments - (30 minutes treatment)

What can Cranial Osteopathy treat?While it can be highly effective at relieving symptoms cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment. These may include back and neck pain; joint pain and sports injuries; headaches, migraines and sinus problems; stress; recurrent infection; period pain; digestive difficulties; and treatment may also benefit general health and well-being.

In babies and children many problems such as crying, colic, sickness, wind, feeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, behaviour problems as well as others may all be helped. If you are not sure whether a problem is suitable for osteopathic treatment, please call the clinic and discuss your case with our cranial osteopath, who will be happy to answer your questions.

The Cranial Osteopathy Practitioners

Mrs. Michelle McWilliam
Michelle McWilliam,
Registered Osteopath BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. ND, MSC Sports Rehab.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, BSc (Hons) Acu

Michelle is a qualified Osteopath and Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, using both therapies separately or combined to treat numerous conditions.

She has expanded her knowledge into Sports Rehabilitation with specific focus on using osteopathic theories and treatment to aid a fully holistic approach into the treatment and rehabilitation of sports persons. As a member of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association her aim is to become further involved in working with elite athletes at competition levels.

Within The Totalcare Clinic she uses her knowledge to treat patients privately and through private health insurance policies to improve health, reduce pain levels and educate patients about their diagnosis. With close links to the local G.P. surgeries and a number of consultants, inter-referrals are achieved quickly and effectively from both sides.
Gemma Radmall  The Total Care Clinic: Osteopath, Cranial and Western Acupuncture  Southampton

Gemma Radmall

Gemma graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London with a Masters degree in Osteopathic Medicine. She continued to gained experience treating a wide variety of patients in both a clinic and hospital setting.

Gemma has a particular interest in pre and post natal care, and the osteopathic treatment of children. She is currently also volunteering her time at the prestigious Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, whilst completing an additional Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and has worked in Special Care Baby Units.

During each consultation, Gemma works to establish the root of the problem and uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, including structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy, to relieve symptoms and to prevent re-occurrence. Gemma places key importance on the overall healthcare of her patients and works in conjunction with their medical practitioners and specialists so they are kept informed at all times of their management plans and progress.